Climbs 160
Rocktype Limestone

Faces S

The Gnome King. © deepstar

Crag features

Quality steep and sound limestone. Very quick drying. Climbing is strenuous, but generally well protected, with quite a few real gems.
Very under starred in the current guide.

Watch out for ticks in the summer.



Approach notes

Situated about eight miles SW of Bristol, just beyond the village of Cleeve on the A370. From Bristol, turn east along Cleeve Hill Road just before the Lord Nelson Inn. Carry on for about
400 metres until you reach a small car park by a quarried wall. A small track leads into the Combe itself from a small building to the left of the quarry.

Restricted Access

In Nov 2014 the BMC was contacted by Groundworks South who own the main crag, following a helicopter rescue of a climber nearby. Groundworks have advised that they do not formally allow climbing at the site however after several attempts to arrange a meeting to discuss climbing access, nothing has been forthcoming so far. Climbing at Goblin Coombe is not allowed by the landowner, but if climbers do decide to visit the crag and are asked to leave by Groundworks staff, they should do so politely.

As with any crag, climbing here is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.

Climbed here for the first time yesterday; excellent little crag with good routes across a wide spectrum of grades. Good gear and superb rock. Will be back soon!
Gabe Oliver - 04/Oct/15
The peg on Moments in Space has now gone. Snapped during a short fall yesterday in wet slippery conditions. It was a rusty old knife blade. Not sure if the placement will take another. Route still protectable but a bit bolder maybe?
Didymus - 31/Jul/15
Currently restoring the overgrown routes. Gremlin Groove and Radagast both now in tip top condition.
Mark Davies PK - 11/Mar/14
Pulled a hold of Mithril a few days ago, it's marginally harder but not enough to change the grade.
remus - 08/Sep/12
Really excellent crag and a much higher quality of climbing than the star distribution would suggest. Though the tick infestation is severe!
Kemics - 21/Jul/12
A reminder to watch out for ticks, I have picked up at least one on three out of four trips here in the last couple of years. Do do a thorough check when you get home!
Bobling - 12/Aug/11
Don't leave anything of value in your car as it has been known for the local scumbags to break in to them for a rummage!
maresia - 29/May/09
Beware of ticks. Nasty little baggers which can quickly turn a day of climbing into chimpanzee level and style of grooming. Make sure you have long sleeves and trousers or a decent repellent. (if they work on ticks!?!)
Piers - 23/Jun/08
Gift Tolkien has a roosting barn owl at the top in cracks in the wall. Maybe think twice about disturbing!!
liz j - 03/Sep/07
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Car-Park Bay 
2LeberkaseVD 4a 31
3Fix The Squeak
E3 5c *31
4Strong Arm Tactics
E3 6a 3
5The Goblin's TeasmadeE2 5b *58
6Give us a Break
E4 6a 7
HVS 5a 35
8Edge of Mirkwood
HVS 5c 26
9The Forest GateVS 4c 16
10The Gurnjugs
E4 6a 1
11Relief MassageE1 5b 5
VS 4b 5
14Gurt SuperbVS 4c 2
15Toot Sweet
HVS 5a 2
16Blah Blah Blah
E2 5c 1
17Cleve Toot and the Maytals
E3 6a 1
18African Doctor
E3 6a 1
19Peroxide Blonde
E5 6b 1
20That's my Number
E4 6a 1
21Bungo Direct
VS 4c 3
 Owl Rock 
23BomburD 2
24OwletVD 21
25The GimbliesS 4a 19
26Gremlin GrooveHS 4b *37
27Bowser's CastleHVS 5a 6
28Bard the BowmanHS 4b *544
29GirionHVS 5b *10
30Girion DirectE2 5c 12
31Girion Direct Superdirect Start
E3 6a 2
32RadagastVS 4c 61
33The Naked Rambler
VS 4c *8
34Moments in SpaceE2 5c 36
35ElrondVS 4c *478
36The Shadow of MordorE4 5c 2
37NazgulE5 6a *20
38ShagratE2 5b 62
E2 5c 13
40GollumE1 5b *285
41The Goblin QueenE3 6a 24
42Smaug The DragonE1 5c **240
43Cloak and DaggerE3 5c *8
44The Goblin KingE2 5c **168
45BullroarerE1 5b 68
46MithrilE4 6a *51
47Mithril Direct FinishE5 6a **8
48Mithril / The WargsE4 6a **9
49The 'Oh No!' ZoneE6 6b 7
50The Wargs
E4 6b **36
51Modern TimesE5 6b *9
VS 4b *418
53The Moves! The Moves!
E3 6a 19
54GundabadE1 5b *397
55GanjagoodHVS 4c *8
VS 4b *257
57NecrophiliaE2 5b 9
58LongbeardHVS 5b 32
59Treebeard Direct
E1 5c *14
60TreebeardVS 4c *274
61Greybeard (Treebeard variation)VS 4b 73
62Open KnightlyHVS 5a *34
63Greybeard (original)HS 4a 17
64Hordes of the Things
E2 5c  
65Jive Tolkien
E5 6b  
 The Obelisk Area 
67Trolls' ChimneyHD 10
68Michael MulletE3 5c 4
69NobalicksE2 6b 5
70Obelisk Crack
S 4a 201
71Crocker's Office RockerE1 5c 2
72PebblesVS 4c 28
73BolgS 4a 410
74Betwixt and BetweenVS 4b 11
HVS 5a 207
HVS 5a 39
77Brandybuck Direct.E3 5c 5
78Legless on BrandyVS 4c 51
79A Parcel of Small ChildrenVS 5a 1
80PearlVD *70
81NecklaceS 4a 8
 Magic Rock 
83Saving Brian's PrivatesS 4a 3
84Your Very Good ElfHS 4a 15
85Galadriel's GashD 2
86Queer LodgingsE1 5b 9
 The Arkenstone 
88Horology Horror
VS 4c 2
89Pippin VariationsE1 5c 16
VS 5a 212
91Skwozed inE3 5c 21
92OutlandsVS 4b 4
93Disaster Area
HVS 5a *496
94Disaster Area VariationE2 5c *26
95Deo volenteE2 5c 23
HS 4b *676
97Idee FixeE4 5c 14
98Too Much Tolkien
VD 67
100Sometimes Forgotten
S 2
101Sometimes Lost
VS 5a 2
102Sometimes HiddenS 4a 13
103Hidden Strength, Visible WeaknessHVS 5b 3
VS 5a 2
VS 4c 1
106DainS 4a 161
HS 4b 178
108GandalfHVS 5a *188
109The Clockwork FingerflakeE1 5b 48
110The Clockwork Fingerflake VariationE2 5c 2
111DurinVD 167
112Elf-likeHVS 5a 3
 Eagle Rock 
114Trim The FringeVS 4b 6
115The Hive QueenE2 5b 8
116ThorinVD 92
117Sales Rep
VS 4c 1
118Quality Of Sacrifice
E5 6c **2
119AtonementE7 6c ***4
120Project WallE12 7c ***1
121Killer AntE3 6a 5
122HawkwordE4 6a 1
VS 4c 64
124The Black Riders
E1 5b *132
125The Israel Blues
E3 5c *24
126Hollow Ring
E4 6a  
127GlamdringVS 4c *141
128Route March
VS 4c 7
129GolfinbulVD 2
130Hitler's BunkerVD 8
HS 4b 19
132Battle With the BulgeE1 5c 4
133JampolsHVS 4c 9
VS 4b *380
135Scrambling RemainsE1 5b 58
136Kick the hobbitE2 5b 13
137The HobbitS 209
138The White Tower
E4 6a *38
139Dead WoodE6 6b 1
140Gift TolkienS 4a 157
141The Holly and the EddieE2 5c 3
142The Gnome KingHS 4b *402
143Shots of the AlmightyE4 6a 6
144Bilbo's Revenge
HVS 5a 101
145Not GolfinbulS 4a *26
146The Route with No GnomeVS 4c 4
147Wielding the Mystical Sword of Owld BulchytVS 4c 5
148Everything is Awesome
HS 4a 1
150Wild Thyme and Woodlice (left hand)HS 4b 2
151Thyme Lord
HS 4b *16
152Cry Your Eyes Out
HS 4a 2
HS 4a 4
154Sky Larking
VS 4c *23
155Air Choir
E1 5b 4
156Central Line
E3 6a *2
VS 4c *10
VS 4c *19
HS 4b 12
160Shake Off
VS 4c 3
161Shake, Rattle and Roll
VS 4c *10
 Cleeve Combe 
163The Ordinary
HS 5b 1
164Settlement Crack
VD 4
VS 4b 3
166Fall Of The Leaf
S 4a 4
D 4
168Iron Age Sex
E1 5c 1
169An Inevitable Outcome
HVS 5b 1
170Perverse Birthday TraverseVS 4c 1

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